Art Workshops, Classes & Retreats


"Youth Summer Sessions: Exploring Polymer Clay!"
July 5-8, 2022
 

Explore Polymer Clay through Mixed Media! Polymer Clay is an exciting colorful sculpting medium that allows you to sculpt anything you can imagine. Your child will create designs according to the week’s theme and learn sculpting tips, mixed media, and design concepts along the way. They will leave this class with a collection of their own sculptures and art, plus the skills needed to continue on their own at home.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Beth West
Cost: Half Days $140 per Week, Full Days $280 per Week
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Figure Modeling"
Thursdays, July 7 - August 11, 2022
 

Sculpting from the life model is the foundational skill of traditional sculpture. Learn to model the 24-inch full figure in clay, from armature construction to finished sculpture. Topics of study will include proportion, gesture, and simplified sculptural form. All levels are welcome. Tuition includes a $20 lab fee. Note: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credits for $770.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt
Cost: $615
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Foundry: An Introduction"
Saturdays, July 9 - August 13, 2022
 

This course will cover all aspects of the foundry process. Demonstrations and hands-on instruction will be given in wax modeling and casting, ceramic shell techniques, bronze pouring, metal chasing, TIG welding and patination. All levels welcome. Tuition includes $65 lab fee. Note: This course is available for 1.5 undergraduate credit for $815.
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Morgan Dummitt
Cost: $660
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Website, email, 215-972-7632


"Green Woodworking Workshop - Wilderness Artist Residency"
July 20 - August 6, 2022
 

Visitor Center Artist Camp is an Artist Residency site in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, nestled between rural townships, abandoned mines, and the vast wilderness of the Ottawa National Forest. We hold one residency session each summer, hosting artists from around the country for two weeks of camping, exploring, learning, making, and sharing. Choose a workshop in Green Woodworking with Alo Osberg to explore the techniques for shaping fresh-cut, undried timber for uses big and small, using locally harvested materials and working mostly with hand tools. Whether you’re interested in making furniture, carving a spoon, chiseling a sculpture or constructing a cabin— it all begins with building a relationship to place and material.
 
Location: Ewen, Michigan
Instructor: Alo Osberg, Mel Seeger
Cost: $1000
Sponsor: Visitor Center Artist Camp
Website, email, 612-385-2835


"Youth Summer Sessions: Exploring Polymer Clay!"
August 1-5, 2022
 

Explore Polymer Clay through Mixed Media! Polymer Clay is an exciting colorful sculpting medium that allows you to sculpt anything you can imagine. Your child will create designs according to the week’s theme and learn sculpting tips, mixed media, and design concepts along the way. They will leave this class with a collection of their own sculptures and art, plus the skills needed to continue on their own at home.
 
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Instructor: Beth West
Cost: Half Days $175 per Week, Full Days $350 per Week
Sponsor: The New Studio For The Visual Arts
Website, email, 561-295-5712


"Vintage Metal Deck: Taking the Mystery Out of Working with Metal"
August 27-28, 2022
 

Transform ordinary metal into a fabulous thick, chunky, beautifully embellished deck of cards! You will receive 10 flat pieces of metal, each 6” x 3”, to transform into beautiful works of art. We will explore a variety of ways to use and distress metal, cloth, paper, and found objects. You will learn a plethora of new ideas and techniques and leave with a unique, beautifully embellished art deck that can be bound by decorative wire or transformed into a book or sculpture. Materials fee includes 10 pieces of pre-cut metal, wire, images, sandpaper, a nice package of ephemera, and use of instructor’s tools, stamps, paints, paper, and consumables. Please bring your fee in cash to class.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Leighanna Light
Cost: $280
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Serenity Stones"
August 27, 2022
 

Stones talk to me. While beach combing, walking, hiking, I cannot pass up a good-looking stone! If you loves stones and fill your pockets like me, this class is for you! You'll learn a few simple knots to wrap stones with leather cord. The first knot will bind a twig or bamboo stick around a stone. The second stone will be wrapped using a Japanese knot technique. You will learn how to add trinkets and feathers and stone rings to enhance your designs. There will be time in the class to experiment with assorted sized stones and other Japanese-inspired knots to make each creation truly your own. Bring your own favorite stones, or select from a variety of stones provided.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Marianne Biagi
Cost: $85
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"If the Shoe Fits"
August 27, 2022
 

The saying goes, “If the shoe fits, wear it.” If it doesn’t fit … well … I say, make art with it. Shoes are very intimate accessories that are so close to us every day, yet are generally taken for granted. They separate us from the ground. They protect us from the elements. They are a part of our daily lives. If they could talk, they would have rich histories to tell. The shoe, then, is our starting point to create visual stories. Their deep recesses have the potential to hold so much meaning and inspiration. This class is an introduction to the art of assemblage, using everyday discarded and recycled objects to create a shrine assemblage.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Lorraine Reynolds
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Gary’s Flea Market: Some Assemblage May Be Required"
September 9-11, 2022
 

Gary will be teaching the history of assemblage, the basics of assemblage construction, and some focus points to keep your project on track. Have you ever wanted to do assemblage but feel like you do not have enough stuff? That has never been a problem for Gary, so he is offering an assemblage workshop where everything you will need is going to be provided. Gary hopes you will walk into this workshop with nothing and allow the materials he provides to inspire you. Throughout the class there will be time built in to share ideas, review our work, and learn from fellow participants.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Gary Warren Niebuhr
Cost: $360
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


"Metamorphosis: Creating a Figurative Sculpture"
October 2-7, 2022
 

In this five-day creative exploration, Kate will teach you techniques to build her captivating sculptural figures using polymer clay, cloth, and wire construction. The class will delve into the idea of metamorphosis, transformation, and magic. Students will be free to design and create an individual metamorphosis figure using personal symbols and meaning. Starting with a drawing or image, you will design and make a fabric pattern, then use wire to build the internal form that will animate your piece. You can use paint, found objects, fabrics, or collage to embellish your work of art. Kate will also have designs and patterns available. Get ready for an extraordinary, fun, and inspiring adventure. Open to all levels.
 
Location: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Instructor: Kate Church
Cost: $700
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Website, email, 608-987-3292


 

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